Canon announces highest-resolution, full-frame DSLR cameras on the market alongside new Rebels

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in General Discussion edited April 2015
Canon this month is gearing up to release its latest wave of DSLR cameras, including a pair of prosumer-focused T6 Rebels and its all-new professional series EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R -- both of which are capable of shooting 50.6-megapixel images and 1080p video.




5DS & 5DS R

Users familiar with Canon's 5D Mark III model will see many similarities to the body on the new 5DS models, but the 50.6-megapixel sensor will offer more shooting flexibility and in-camera crop modes. Keep in mind that significant storage and computer processing power will be needed when dealing with the large files these cameras create.

Both the 5DS and 5DS R share the same features including Canon's Dual DIGIC 6 image processors and an ISO range of 100-6400, which can be expanded to 50 or 12800. The only difference between these two new models is the low-pass filter on the 5DS R to help photographers get the sharpest image possible.




Despite the massive 50.6-megapixel images, the 5DS line can shoot up to 5 frames per second and will have a relatively fast, 61-point AF system. To help prevent camera shake, Canon has integrated an "advanced mirror control mechanism" and user-selectable shutter-release delay.

Two zoom modes are available on the camera, including 1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (20MP). Users not needing to capture full 50.6 megapixels will benefit from smaller file sizes but still maintain high-resolution images.




While the 5DS line will take dramatic photos, video is not markedly improved on these devices. Users can still shoot full 1080p video at 29.97 fps or 720p at 59.94 fps. Maximum continuous video recording time is 29 min. and 59 sec. and the camera has a mini HDMI-out port for external monitors. There is also a microphone jack for external audio but no headphone jack.

Both cameras will have two card slots, one SD and one CF. They also support USB 3 for fast data transfers and will benefit photographers who prefer to shoot tethered.

Rebel T6i & Rebel T6s

In addition to the new 5DS line, Canon recently announced the new EOS Rebel T6i and the EOS Rebel T6s DSLRs. These 24.2-megapixel cameras feature an ISO range of 100-12800, which can be expanded to 25600 and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor.

Canon's new Rebels have similar bodies but the T6s includes these additional features:
  • Topside LCD panel in addition to the 3.0" rear LCD
  • Quick Control Dial
  • Integrated Horizontal level
  • Built-in HDR



While a fraction of the cost of the 5DS models at $749 and $849 (body only), the new Rebel T6i and T6s are capable of full 1080p video at 29.97 fps and 720p at 59.94 fps, along with 5 fps for shooting stills. The Canon Rebel cameras also feature built in Wi-Fi and NFC which as not included on the more expensive 5DS line. They can be preordered from Canon, B&H Photo (no tax outside NY) and Adorama (no tax outside NY & NJ).

The 5DS and 5DS R are expected later this spring or early summer and are priced at $3,699 and $3,899 (body only) respectively. They are not yet available for pre-order, but customers can sign up here to be notified closer to their availability.
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  • Reply 1 of 116
    Video is at this point, just a checkbox feature on the Canon lineup.
  • Reply 2 of 116
    Why is this on **Apple** Insider? This site has become Canon Insider now?
  • Reply 3 of 116
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,484member
    Does this story, even distantly, have anything to do with Apple?
  • Reply 4 of 116
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zoffdino View Post



    Why is this on **Apple** Insider? This site has become Canon Insider now?



    Please read the forum guidelines before posting. The world's greatest photographers predominately use Macs and Apple products. While you may not be interested in this subject, please respect the fact that we have many readers with a diverse range of interests and digital photography is a tremendous part of the Apple ecosystem. Canon makes some of the best cameras on the market.

  • Reply 5 of 116
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Kind of ironic seeing this announcement just two articles above "Apple to again stay out of megapixel race with 8MP camera in 'iPhone 6s'".

    We laugh at phone and point-shoot camera makers that boast super high megapixels on small sensors. How is this any different?
  • Reply 6 of 116
    thrangthrang Posts: 764member
    Still no 4k video...Canon, you've protected your flagship long enough, time to trickle down and unlock this.
  • Reply 7 of 116
    steven n.steven n. Posts: 1,112member
    haggar wrote: »
    Kind of ironic seeing this announcement just two articles above "Apple to again stay out of megapixel race with 8MP camera in 'iPhone 6s'".

    We laugh at phone and point-shoot camera makers that boast super high megapixels on small sensors. How is this any different?

    You see the 4.4?m pixels being the same as the submicron pixels in13 Mp cell phones? This camera is a landscapers dream when used with the 16-35 f4.0 or the new 11-24mm. Add the 17 TS/E and I would be happy for years.
  • Reply 8 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post



    Kind of ironic seeing this announcement just two articles above "Apple to again stay out of megapixel race with 8MP camera in 'iPhone 6s'".



    We laugh at phone and point-shoot camera makers that boast super high megapixels on small sensors. How is this any different?



    They have a full line of high power lenses to support such super high resolution while smartphones don't have such a luxury.



    Besides, these cameras will have a relatively limited audience (landscaping, advertising, art, etc.). It's good for taking photos of stationary objects, and probably only good at it.

     

    The 5D Mark 4 will be the next big thing for sports, wildlife, etc., in the 5D line.

  • Reply 9 of 116
    No 4K video on a camera with this large a sensor is truly ridiculous.
  • Reply 10 of 116
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jj.yuan View Post

     

    Besides, these cameras will have a relatively limited audience (landscaping, advertising, art, etc.). It's good for taking photos of stationary objects, and probably only good at it.

     

    The 5D Mark 4 will be the next big thing for sports, wildlife, etc.


    Can you elaborate about the sports and wildlife issues?

     

    I'm still thinking of switching to Canon but I keep upgrading my Nikons because I have so much invested in lenses.

  • Reply 11 of 116

    Why would I want a 50 megapixel image on roughly the same size sensor?

     

    A 24 megapixel would look better.

  • Reply 12 of 116
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Originally Posted by vfx2k4 View Post



    No 4K video on a camera with this large a sensor is truly ridiculous.

    The sensor is much more than 4K. I think it is the internal processing that is holding it up. To save out 4K lossless at 60 frames takes a lot of horsepower. Anyway, DLSRs have never been all that great at video. Canon does sell some excellent high end video cameras that also take mediocre stills.

  • Reply 13 of 116
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member

    I find the newly announced Olympus E-M5 II of far more interest.  There are not too many people who print larger than 1.8M x 1.2m, which you can comfortably do from a 16 MP M4/3 sensor so 50.6.mp is a lot of overkill for most people.

     

    Anyone who wants to shoot 4K video seriously would be far better off with a Panasonic GH4 which is also a M4/3 camera.

  • Reply 14 of 116
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

    Anyway, DLSRs have never been all that great at video.

     

    They shoot some TV shows on cameras these days.

  • Reply 15 of 116
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Steven N. View Post





    You see the 4.4?m pixels being the same as the submicron pixels in13 Mp cell phones? This camera is a landscapers dream when used with the 16-35 f4.0 or the new 11-24mm. Add the 17 TS/E and I would be happy for years.



    You see the 4.4?m pixels being the same as the 6?m pixels in the 1Dx or in medium format digital backs?  Do all the arguments such as smaller pixel size, increased sensor noise at high megapixels, etc. no longer apply since this is a Canon?  You can argue about the price of medium format compared to "full frame", but don't we use the same arguments in full frame vs. point and shoot cameras, or Macs vs. PCs?

  • Reply 16 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Why would I want a 50 megapixel image on roughly the same size sensor?

     

    A 24 megapixel would look better.




    It says right in the article: to take advantage of in-camera crop modes.

     

    A 24 megapixel would not necessarily look better.  You are assuming it would have less noise (and you might be right).

  • Reply 17 of 116
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

    Anyway, DLSRs have never been all that great at video.

     

    They shoot some TV shows on cameras these days.


    I've read that the continuous auto focus is not as good as with high quality video cameras. If the scene does not require auto focus perhaps they are good enough.

  • Reply 18 of 116
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    mstone wrote: »
    Anyway, DLSRs have never been all that great at video.

    While there are some drawbacks shooting video on DLSRs, I would beg to differ and say they shoot amazing video. My camera operators used nothing but Canon for a documentary I directed. To get an idea of quality (make sure you watch it in 1080, might be grainy if watched on this message) check out th trailer:
    [VIDEO]
  • Reply 19 of 116
    wigginwiggin Posts: 2,265member
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    Originally Posted by jj.yuan View Post

     

    The 5D Mark 4 will be the next big thing for sports, wildlife, etc.


     

    I don't think the 5D-series will ever have sports and wildlife as a primary use case. Leave that to the 1Dx and 7D cameras.

     

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Why would I want a 50 megapixel image on roughly the same size sensor?

     

    A 24 megapixel would look better.


     

    Speaking of the 7D, I haven't looked up the exact specs or done the math, but wouldn't a full-frame 50 MP sensor have about the same pixel size as 7D? It will be interesting to read the reviews and see how well all those extra pixels hold up.

  • Reply 20 of 116
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Feynman View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post



    Anyway, DLSRs have never been all that great at video.




    While there are some drawbacks shooting video on DLSRs, I would beg to differ and say they shoot amazing video. My camera operators used nothing but Canon for a documentary I directed. 

    Another drawback is the audio inputs. DLSRs have just stereo instead of dual XLR with phantom power, etc. Sure you can overcome that with time code and a mixing board using multiple inputs, but that is a lot of hassle. We achieve excellent sound quality with dual microphones on booms. It works especially well when you are shooting scenes such as yours where you have conversations with two people. You can't do it with just one mic.

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